Most of us enjoy the occasional celebration. Imagine a big Italian meal out with friends. The wine is flowing. You know it’s fried, but you order the chicken Parmesan anyway and it’s good. The night ends with more wine and chocolate.
You go home and it’s late so you go right to bed and—bam!—heartburn so bad you can’t sleep. Your throat is burning. Your stomach hurts. The lingering taste of chocolate has been replaced by a sour stench.
Millions of Americans experience heartburn and its more serious cousin, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), every day. A bitter mouth, constant coughing and chronic fatigue are just a few of the common symptoms, and they can wreak havoc on sleep, mood and overall quality of life.
Fortunately, GERD and other forms of acid reflux are almost entirely preventable and there are ways to reduce acid reflux. While some people are more susceptible than others, some lifestyle choices can exacerbate or alleviate the condition. The following are 10 tips that may help you cut down on your heartburn and eat worry-free once again.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Even so, about a third of Americans over 50 — the recommended age for screening — haven’t been checked. Some want to avoid uncomfortable testing procedures, while others are unaware or unwilling to face potentially serious complications.